Guney Tamer, better known by his stage name Southesizer, is an independent musician, DJ, sound engineer, and electronic music producer. Originally from Turkey, Guney now resides in Los Angeles. He got his start into the music industry by becoming a talented violist at the age of twelve and performing with symphony orchestras throughout Europe. Southesizer eventually decided to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston for Electronic Production and Design and begin pursuing his passion for producing unique electronic tracks.
Southesizer’s newest release “What Now!!” is proof of his experimentation within multiple genres of electronic music. His revolutionary sound is the result of risk taking and expert forward-looking vision. “What Now!!” features Guney’s own viola recordings made to sound like synthesizers and take over the primary melodic role throughout the track. As an artist, Southesizer focuses on translating concepts and emotions into sonic sounds. “What Now!!” starts off with an alluring intro which quickly leads to an incredibly heavy and deliberate drop. Hard-hitting synths and drum and bass are delivered effortlessly. “What Now!!” gradually transforms into ground-breaking layers of soundscapes that you’ll be instantly addicted to. The sounds are consistently changing while staying true to the overall melody and polished tempo. The darkness and mystery throughout “What Now!!” gives it just enough edge to set it apart in today’s music industry. Southesizer is a force to be reckoned with, and we can't wait to see what he drops next!
Check out “What Now!!” here and keep scrolling for an exclusive interview with Southesizer.
Hi Guney! How did you come up with your stage name Southesizer?
The name Guney is of Turkish origin and means South. When I produce my music, my main instruments are synthesizers. Combining both - Southesizer is my name:) I feel connected to my roots yet I am setting myself on a new path exploring the “world of sounds”, ways and possibilities to design unique sounds and music, experimenting, and taking risks. I am Southesizer and I will take you on a discovery journey with me, making you feel different emotions, feel the music the way I feel it.:D
How long have you been producing music? How did you decide you wanted to pursue something other than VIOLA?
I have been producing music since 2015. But it was rather an amateur experience. Perhaps, I could say I started producing professionally after graduating from Berklee College of Music. A few years back, I was studying viola performance in Germany as an Erasmus exchange program student. By pure chance I met with an electronic music producer, was introduced to electronic music, and it became my obsession! I wanted electronic music to be a part of my life and started to produce. But while I had a huge passion for producing music, I realized that in Turkey I had limited access and resources to learn more about it. So one day I was practicing my viola and said to myself “I wanna produce music professionally, stop practicing!” A month later I was auditioning for Berklee, and shortly after I was on the plane to Boston.
How did you translate your emotion into sound in your track “What Now!!”?
“What Now” is a story of me coming to US pursuing my dream, following my heart, living my passion. The first main drop is my adventure in Drum ‘n Bass style. It is coming to Boston, new life, and expectations. Main melody is told by using synthesized viola (which I play on this track). I also use Mediterranean intervals there – all translate as experiences and life I left behind but not forgotten. In the second half-step drop I am looking forward to a new beginning,saying what’s gonna happen now.
How did you name “What Now!!”?
The track is my perspective on a chapter in my life. So, what now. What waiting for me. It is actually said in Russian before the second drop,-“I Chto Teper’!” – WHAT NOW!
Who are you biggest musical influences? Why?
There are quit a few, but I think Noisia, Infected Mushroom, and Skrillex would be my first 3 influences. I’m always impressed by their sound designs. For me they are the pioneers of future music. I personally love distorted sounds, and their creativity with distortions is mind blowing. They also have this dark side in their music, which I find captivating and cool.
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